Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 storylines to follow

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Air Force Falcons wide receiver Jalen Robinette (9) is defended by Michigan State Spartans defensive back Demetrious Cox (7) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

5. Can the MSU secondary slow down CMU’s aerial attack?

Central averages 341 passing yards per game behind the arm of Cooper Rush while the Spartans surrender about 275 passing yards per contest. This is a bad combination for the MSU secondary and it desperately need to improve moving forward.

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Losing Vayante Copeland for the season was a tough blow for this secondary as he was quite possibly the best defensive back to start the campaign for the Spartans. His absence has shined through as Michigan State’s secondary has allowed over 300 passing yards to both Western Michigan and Oregon.

Although the Ducks and the Broncos have had destructive passing offenses, the Chippewas might have the best of all. Mark Dantonio scheduled this grueling pass-heavy non-conference schedule, with the exception of Air Force, seemingly in an effort to see what his secondary needs to work on.

Can the Spartans’ secondary slow down the Chips’ passing attack?

It’s difficult to tell right now, but this group will be shuffling through a couple of guys opposite Demetrious Cox. Senior Arjen Colquhoun will get the start at corner, but Jermaine Edmondson and Darian Hicks will also get some reps.

If Colquhoun struggles, other guys will be able to step in.

Next: 4. Offensive line improvement